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Vertiflex® FAQs

The Vertiflex procedure is one of the most effective therapies available to relieve pain caused by spinal stenosis. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this remarkable treatment.

Will my pain be relieved immediately?

Some people find immediate relief; however, there can be soreness at the incision site as well as soreness in the back. It is recommended you allow at least 6 weeks to heal.

Will this procedure reduce my need for opioids?

On average, Vertiflex recipients who take opioids experience an 85% reduction in opioid dependence1. Because each patient’s circumstances may vary, no specific amount of reduction can be guaranteed. But a decreased need for opioids is a common result of the Vertiflex procedure.

Does this procedure require hospital overnight stay?

No, this is done in an outpatient setting, which means you can go home the same day of the procedure. We recommend having someone accompany you after the procedure.

What is the recovery time?

After walking out of the outpatient center day of the procedure, limit strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks. Light walking is usually recommended.

Is the procedure covered by Medicare?

Yes, Medicare covers this procedure in the U.S.

Will I be able to get an MRI, X-ray or other image scans?

The Vertiflex™ Procedure† device is compatible with most imaging scans. You will be provided a medical device card in your post-procedure care packet. Please consult with your doctor prior to any image scan.

Can the Vertiflex implant be removed?

Yes. The need to remove a Vertiflex implant is very rare, but the procedure is 100% reversible if necessary.
  1. Nunley PD, et al. Interspinous process decompression is associated with a reduction in opioid analgesia in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. J Pain Res. 2018 Nov 20;11:2943-2948.

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